Safety Tip of the Week: Winter Car Safety

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For many of us, winter means snow, sleet and icy road conditions.  It’s a perfect time to stay home and snuggle by the fire.  If you must travel out in bad weather, however, be sure you and your car are prepared for a winter emergency.

Get your vehicle tuned up, keep the gas tank full and be sure you have the following in your car.

  • Cell phone and charger
  • Reflective triangles or flares
  • Spare tire, wheel wrench and a jack
  • Jumper cables
  • Tool kit
  • Shovel
  • Ice scraper and brush
  • Bag of salt, sand or cat litter for traction
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit – be sure to include medications and baby items (formula, diapers, etc.) if needed.
  • Exterior windshield cleaner
  • Extra clothes – hats, gloves, coats, boots
  • Blankets or sleeping bag to keep warm inside the vehicle
  • Non-perishable, high-energy foods like energy bars, candy bars, dried fruits and nuts.
  • Water

Remember, if you are stranded, put on your flashers, call for help and stay in your car until help arrives.  If I missed something in the above list, please add it in the comments section.  Travel Safe!

~KM Fawcett

8 responses to “Safety Tip of the Week: Winter Car Safety

  1. AAA membership is also really helpful. They’ll locate tow truck for you no matter where you are and the cost of towing is fixed.

  2. Great list, Kathy. I’m trying to be better about keeping my car gassed up. That’s the one that always gets me. 🙂

  3. When I first got my license and car, my dad told me to never let it go below a 1/4 tank. I still fill up when it reaches that mark. There have been only a handful of times when the tank got too low (the indicator light came on) and I feared not making it to a gas station. So far I’ve never been stranded.

    I have been stranded at a gas station freshman year in HS when my brother used me as collateral for a gas can, but that’s a story for another day. 😉

  4. If I had water in my car last night, I wouldn’t have had to listen to Michaela wine all the way home from gymnastics on how thirsty she was.

  5. Hey, Kathy good points, guess your brother wasn’t listening when your Dad gave out the advice of letting the tank get below 1/4. He ALWAYS will let it go until the light comes on and isn’t afraid to drive for miles on that light. Not me, I fill it up too when it hits 1/4 mark.

  6. He’s still driving on fumes? You better put a gas can in his car or he might end up leaving you or the kids at the gas station as collateral! 😉

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